Current Calendar: October 2019

What’s Happening Throughout the Year

The following public events typically happen annually at Central Community House.
Volunteers and supporters are often needed. Times are scheduled closer to the date of the
event and are subject to vary from year to year. To engage with one of these opportunities,
email or call our main phone number: 614-252-3157.

• Free Tax Prep (VITA, EITC) – low and moderate income households who qualify
can receive free tax preparation assistance. Appointments made by calling 211
(Hands On Central Ohio). Volunteer tax preparers needed (training provided in
advance.). Typically Tax Prep hours are scheduled for a couple of set evenings each
week January through early-April.

• Earth Day – CCH volunteers participate in community clean-up and improvement
projects. Typically held on or near April 22.

• Afterschool Family Night – the end of the Afterschool Program culminates in a
Family Night to showcase accomplishments of youth during the school year.

• Summer Challenge Day Camp kicks off – youth Kindergarten-graduate through 8th grade
may enroll in a day camp offering summer fun, continued learning, art/culture
projects and daily meals/snacks. Camp takes place mid-June through mid-August.

• Back to School Bash – youth and families are invited to an event showcasing
community resources for parents and youth, often school supplies or other necessities
are offered for free to families in need. Community can enjoy food and entertainment.
May take place in late August or early September.

• Hot Times Festival Columbus Children’s Parade – local youth are invited to show their artistry
and community pride by marching to the festival at Main and Parsons. Participants are served lunch at the festival. Typically takes place the second Saturday in September.

• Fall Fest Costume Party – youth are invited for safe trick-or-treating at Central. Costumes encouraged. Facepainting, art, food and games. Volunteers and candy distribution needed.

• Holiday Help kicks off – Central offers a variety of programs for families in need
during the holiday season including Firefighters for Kids sign-ups, Holiday Meal
Boxes, gift/food donations, and community celebrations.
• Thanksgiving Meal – free hot Thanksgiving community meal provided. Typically on
the Monday before Thanksgiving. Call for date and time.
• Annual Campaign kicks off – each year supporters and friends of Central are asked to
give a monetary donation sometime between Nov.-Jan. to help the agency remain a
stable source of support in the community.

• Holiday Open House – Central offers a free community holiday celebration including
food, free family photos with (or without) Santa, crafts and entertainment.
• Holiday Adopt-a-Family and Food Baskets – gifts and food are collected with the
help of local churches and businesses and given to families in need. Typically only
families already enrolled in Central’s ongoing programs are selected to receive this limited
assistance. The general public (who qualify) may receive a toy for children in need by
signing up for Firefighters for Kids program (set days/hours are scheduled for this).

ONGOING – Daily, Weekly, Monthly
These activities happen on a regular basis and may offer opportunities for volunteers
who can commit to a regular schedule.

• Community Dinner – typically takes place the last Wednesday of the month
featuring a free hot meal prepared. Often fun themes are offered. All are welcome.
• Community Garden – garden beds in the front and back of the CCH parking lot
are tended by volunteers and youth and can grow flowers, vegetables, herbs,
fruits, etc for use by those involved in caring for the garden.
• Community Canvassing – volunteer teams take information and community building
door-to-door throughout the neighborhood.
• Afterschool Program – school year program serving local youth 3:00-6:00 daily
with a variety of activities including tutoring, homework help, art/culture projects,
physical activities and more.
• Teen Mentoring – community professionals lead teens in developing
leadership skills. Job shadowing and internships (paid preferred) also needed to
guide teens in career exploration and building job skills.
• TRANSIT ARTS Workshops – teens learn and practice various art forms from
community master artists and mentors including painting/drawing, poetry/spoken
word, DJ skills, hip hop dance, technology arts and more. See for current workshop offerings both here at Central and at
other community sites in Columbus. All ages are invited to monthly Open Mics at 6:30 pm every 3rd Tuesday of the month.
• Senior Program – CCH Seniors and South Side Seniors meet regularly at Central
Community House in a social club setting which may include informational
meetings, community involvement, games, food, coffee, exercise and more.
• Child Care Center – infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children receive
education-focused day care Mon-Fri, 7:00-6:00. Volunteers who can commit to
background checks and a regular schedule may be able to act as classroom
helpers or reading buddies.
• Computer Lab  – community members may use the CCH
Computer Lab weekdays: adults 9:00-2:00, youth 2:00-5:00.